This weekend, my sweet husband Terry took me out for an early
birthday present! We hopped on a train to downtown Chicago...
We passed through the Christkindlmarket for a quick
glance at all the pretty things for sale...
The food smelled SO GOOD!
But there was no time to eat anything today...
We had a little time to kill,
so we walked around the mall awhile...
Oh, the Apple Store! But no, that wasn't in today's plan...
The Allsaints Store! Oh, I just HAD to stop and gaze at
the wall of antique sewing machines!
I mean WALLS of sewing machines!
Steampunkers would absolutely love this store! Pricey, but fun!
I had to make a stop to visit with my pals, the carriage horses!
And gaze upon the famous Chicago Water Tower...
Finally! We're here!
The Peninsula Hotel!
I paused to pose by the piano...
Then climbed the grand staircase to...
Afternoon Tea in the lobby!
Doesn't Terry look dapper?
We love that the Peninsula serves a vegetarian tea on request.
We both ordered a pot of Earl Grey decaffeinated.
Then our 3-tiered server was placed on the table,
along with a basket of scones and the jam,
lemon curd and Devonshire cream!
We enjoyed our finger sandwiches first...
Followed by these scrumptious three cheese and leek quiches...
And finally the scones and the sweets!
A warm chocolate chai moelleux was a delicious bonus!
We sipped, and ate, and sipped some more...
The darkness fell over our view from the window.
We took one last look at the tree, and were on our way back home.
Thank you, Terry, for the elegant and delicious birthday present!
If you've never walked down the streets of Chicago at night,
come along with us as we leave the Peninsula and
walk back to our train. We cross the Chicago River in two
spots, pass the Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza, and
happened upon PuppetBike.com... and I gave the puppets
a dollar bill!